Institute of Planetary Research

Representation of the Solar System
Representation of the Solar System
Image 1/2, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Representation of the Solar System

Our planetary system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus und Neptune.
Graphical representation of the Solar System and exoplanetary systems
The search for exoplanetary systems
Image 2/2, Credit: ESAC

The search for exoplanetary systems

The next big mission to search for exoplanets and their exact characterisation is PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars). PLATO will specifically search for planets around bright stars that can be accurately characterised. Of particular interest are rocky planets with an atmosphere and on which watercould exist in a liquid state. Life could have developed on these planets.

The Institute of Planetary Research deals with the study of the Solar System, in particular with regard to the origin, formation and evolution of planets, their moons and small planetary bodies (asteroids and comets), by means of remote sensing on spacecraft and from the ground (observatories), as well as through laboratory experiments and on-site investigations and theoretical modelling.

Contact
  • Heike Rauer
    Head
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Institute of Planetary Research
    Telephone: +49 30 67055-430
    Fax: +49 30 67055-384
    Rutherfordstraße 2
    12489 Berlin
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Berlin

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